Lead-based Paint Survey & Testing
By customer-front nature of many businesses, especially in our ever-growing environment-friendly-conscious generation of consumer environment, lead paint is the one of environmental issues that building owners and managers cannot overlook. EPA recognizes that childhood lead poisoning is one of the greatest, if not the greatest, environmental threats to the health of our children. Through childhood lead poisoning prevention outreach and education efforts, along with compliance assistance and enforcement of Federal lead laws, EPA seeks to reduce and, ultimately, to prevent lead poisoning among our nation’s youth. If you perform routine maintenance on real property and building built before 1978, you need to plan and safely carry out the work, while minimizing the disturbance of lead-based paint.
Lead in Drinking Water
Water is one of the major resources in running business and imposes the important environmental issue and compliance. Lead can enter drinking water through corrosion of plumbing materials, especially where the water has high acidity or low mineral content that corrodes pipes and fixtures. Buildings built before 1986 are more likely to have lead pipes, fixtures and solder. However, new homes and buildings are also at risk: even legally “lead-free” plumbing may contain up to eight percent lead. Beginning January 2014, changes to the Safe Drinking Water Act will further reduce the maximum allowable lead content of pipes, pipe fittings, plumbing fittings, and fixtures to 0.25 percent. The most common problem is with brass or chrome-plated brass faucets and fixtures with lead solder, from which significant amounts of lead can enter into the water, especially hot water.
To address corrosion of lead and copper into drinking water, EPA issued the Lead and Copper Rule (LCR) under the authority of the Safe Drinking Water Act. The LCR requires corrosion control treatment to prevent lead and copper from contaminating drinking water. Corrosion control treatment means systems must make drinking water less corrosive to the materials it comes into contact with on its way to consumers’ taps.
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